In Savannah Morning News Column

January 16, 2015

Savannah, GA – The Humane Society for Greater Savannah is pleased to announce that it has received a $23,278 grant from The Pedigree Foundation in support of the highly successful Operation New Hope program. Starting this month, Operation New Hope is expanding to include female inmates, and the number of dogs in each 4-week class will increase from six to 16.

Operation New Hope is a partnership between the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. The goal of Operation New Hope is to give dogs with poor prospects for adoption a second chance, and to reduce recidivism rates by giving inmates the opportunity to acquire new transferable skills and experience accountability.

Ninety-percent of the 189 dogs that completed the Operation New Hope program have found new loving homes. And, the recidivism rate among ONH inmate participants is more than 75% lower than that of the general jail population.

The Pedigree Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to helping dogs in need find loving homes, expressed enthusiasm for Operation New Hope and awarded this grant to help the program grow and serve as a model for other shelters around the country.

Operation New Hope graduate dogs available for adoption can be viewed at www.humansocietvsav.org, and www.chathamsheriff.org. Operation New Hope is funded by the Humane Society and community donations.

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About the PEDIGREE Foundation

The PEDIGREE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides grants to organizations that help dogs in need. Since 2008, the Foundation has distributed nearly $5 million through 4,191 grants.
To learn more about the PEDIGREE Foundation, go to www.pedigreefoundation.org.

About the Humane Society for Greater Savannah

The mission of the Humane Society for Greater Savannah is to better the lives of pets and people.

CONTACT:
Lynn Gensamer
Executive Director, Humane Society for Greater Savannah
(912) 354-9515 X 105
LGensamer@HumaneSocietySav.org